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  [SC] Witherspoon moves toward challenging Graham
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Last EditedArmyDem  Nov 13, 2007 06:16pm
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News DateWednesday, November 14, 2007 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description By Aaron Blake | Posted: 11/13/07 2:53 p.m. [ET]
November 13, 2007

South Carolina Republican National Committeeman Dr. Walter “Buddy” Witherspoon said Tuesday that he has formed an exploratory committee and is considering running for the seat of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2008.

Witherspoon was on his way to Washington to gauge support for a run over the next few days.

“I want to be sure everything is in order and my house is in order and everything’s ready to go when I do decide to do it,” Witherspoon told The Hill in a phone interview.

Witherspoon said he will not announce anything this week but could potentially make an announcement before the end of the year. He has until March to decide whether he wants to run. He would have to give up his position with the Republican National Committee.

Recent polls show that Graham is popular among the entire electorate, including Democrats, but his weaker numbers among Republicans suggest he could be susceptible to a primary challenge.
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